-Pennsylvania really shows what a wide disparity there is between Chris Christie's appeal and the rest of the Republican Presidential candidates. He leads Hillary Clinton 48/44 in the state, while the rest of the GOP hopefuls do as bad or worse than Mitt Romney did there last year. Clinton leads Jeb Bush 48/44, Rand Paul 51/43, Rick Santorum 51/42, and Ted Cruz 53/41.
Christie also leads the Republican primary field in the state with 26% to 16% for Ted Cruz, 14% for Rand Paul, 10% for Jeb Bush, 8% for Rick Santorum, 6% for Marco Rubio, 5% for Paul Ryan, and 3% each for Bobby Jindal and Scott Walker. Even there Christie is weak with 'very conservative' voters, getting just 11% to 23% for Cruz and 19% for Paul. But with moderates Christie gets 45% to 13% for Paul, 10% for Bush, and just 5% for Cruz.
In the Democratic primary there's not much of a home state bonus for Joe Biden. Hillary Clinton still gets 61% to 13% for Biden, 11% for Elizabeth Warren, 3% for Andrew Cuomo, and 2% for Cory Booker. Clinton does well with pretty much every segment of the Democratic electorate.
-Bob Casey (44/42 approval) is faring better with voters in the state right now than his junior colleague Pat Toomey (36/46 approval). Both Senators are down a net 7 points on their approval compared to when we last polled the state in March. Toomey would tie Joe Sestak at 42 in a rematch of their 2010 match up that he pulled out by a couple points, and he would trail Attorney General Kathleen Kane 46/42 in a hypothetical contest. 2016 is certainly a long way off but early indications are that this should be a competitive race.
-Turning to football 48% of voters in the state identify as Steelers fans to 28% who side with the Eagles. Despite the team's struggles, particularly earlier in the year, Mike Tomlin is still in pretty good standing with his fan base as 56% of Steelers fans approve of him to 23% who disapprove. 61% think he should return next season to just 20% that think he should be replaced. Eagles fans are a lot more enthusiastic with their new coach though- 76% approve of the job Chip Kelly is doing to only 4% who disapprove.
-47% of voters in the state identify themselves as Penn State fans to 20% who align with Pitt and 11% for Temple. Nittany Lion partisans continue to be extremely happy with Bill O'Brien as their football coach- 83% approve of the job he's doing to just 3% who disapprove. Panthers coach Paul Chryst is in pretty good standing as well with a 70% approval with his fan base to 6% who disapprove.
-Finally the entire state of Pennsylvania may have Pirate fever after this year's playoff run. 34% of voters in the state say they're Pirate fans to 28% for the Phillies with the Yankees the only other team in double digits at 10%. The Orioles at 8%, Cubs at 4%, and Braves, Indians, and Mets each at 1% round out the field.